Fibromyalgia: The Invisible Condition You May Be Confusing For Something Else

BY LAURA CASELEY

We all get aches and pains sometimes. It’s kind of just one of those things that comes along with being a human. It’s normal to feel achey if you’re sick, if you haven’t gotten enough sleep, or if you’ve been sitting in a certain position, or repeating a certain motion.

Normally, this pain goes away with gentle stretching or rubbing, or just in time as your body heals itself. But for some people, aches, pains, and fatigue never quite seem to go away, and they seem to be brought on by even the smallest of strains.

If you notice that you’re often in physical pain, and that you’re more sensitive to pressure than other people, you might be experiencing fibromyalgia.

This invisible, hard-to-detect condition still baffles medical experts today, and because people with fibromyalgia don’t appear to be “disabled,” many even doubt its existence or say that people complaining of it are simply being “too sensitive.” It also often appears in conjunction with other health issues and is often overlooked.

But for the people experiencing it, which is believed to be up to 8 percent of the population, with almost all patients being women, it’s all too real. And dismissing it is like saying a condition like endometriosis is just a case of bad cramps.

Aches in joints and bones, allover muscle pain, headaches, and a plethora of other issues can interfere with everyday life and comfort.

The good news, though, is that there are steps you can take to manage fibromyalgia pains, and many of them can be done right at home. Read on to learn more about this mysterious ailment.

What Is Fibromyalgia?

What Is Fibromyalgia?

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Fibromyalgia (or “fibro”) is a condition characterized by generalized aches and pains, and sensitivity to pressure, as well as a collection of other physical and emotional symptoms.

The condition is also commonly found in people experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD.

It’s believed to be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, genetics, and psychological issues in combination.

Because of its elusive nature and the various combinations of symptoms that can appear, fibromyalgia often goes undiagnosed, and some people even doubt that it’s a real disorder, saying instead that it’s simply the physical manifestation of psychological issues.

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